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Cheers to Mother Earth!

Posted by SEEDS on Apr 21 , 2021 - 12:52 pm

All watercolors by SEEDS Betsie Valley Elementary School students celebrating Earth Day.

 

Fundraiser for SEEDS!

Local winery Rove Estate is generously donating 15% of all tasting room sales to us through Sunday, April 25th! We appreciate their commitment to giving back to the community and choosing to support SEEDS because of our environmentally-focused mission.

 

Take the 4-Week Challenge!

Above: Kevin Kinnan, the SEEDS After School Site Coordinator at Benzie Central High School, poses with his favorite energy efficient appliance in his home: the furnace!

SEEDS staff are participating in a four-week challenge to reduce energy use, based on a similar program Energy & Environment staff led for the City of Traverse City's staff in 2019. Challenges include changing lightbulbs to LEDs, unplugging appliances, turning off lights during the day, and shutting down computers when not in use. Each challenge is simple enough to do with kids yet represents areas with big potential gains in greenhouse gas reductions. As hard as it may be to believe, there are still plenty of inefficient light bulbs to switch to LED in our homes and businesses.

Our staff are having fun with the Challenge, splitting into teams and earning bonus points for fun photos and extra efforts like engaging in non-motorized activities.

If your business or neighborhood wants SEEDS to design and run a Challenge for you, contact us! Or you can make up your own contest using the link below:

You Can Engage Too! Find Weekly Challenges Here

 

 

We're a NextCycle Michigan Partner!

We are happy to announce our commitment to maximize opportunities for developing recycling, recovery, and the circular economy in Michigan. NextCycle Michigan is a Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) idea incubator that provides technical support, expert mentoring, and resources.

Each year, Michigan landfills 6.8 million tons of material that could be recycled. Recovering 2.7 million tons of that material could generate $9 billion in potential annual labor income and $33 billion in potential economic output.

SEEDS is convening a collaborative cohort looking to change our local relationship to waste and specifically studying how to unlock more value from 'organic’ waste streams - items such as imperfect foods, food scraps, landscaping brush, unprocessed wood, and food contaminated paper - that make up over a third of what goes into Michigan landfills only to become a source of highly potent greenhouse gas emissions.

"We are looking at the entire value-chain - from the person who tosses out the banana peel to the person who hauls it away to the people who compost it and those who sell it to farmers and gardeners - searching for market-driven mechanisms to build upon what is already working, as well as opportunities that create new triple-bottom-line enterprises." - Executive Director Sarna Salzman

Thanks to recent funding awards from both EGLE and Rotary Charities, SEEDS is set up to provide NWMI with a comprehensive view into the business feasibility of separating organics from our waste streams, market-driven mechanisms to build upon what is already working and also opportunities that create new triple-bottom-line enterprises.

More information on NextCycle Michigan can be found on the website www.NextCycleMichigan.com.

 

Read More About Our Organic Waste Research Here

 

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